Yu-Gi-Oh! video games are fantastic for all ages, and with new games coming out all the time, there may be a few that you’ve missed over the years. Fear not! In this list, we’ve gathered together 10 of the best Yu-Gi-Oh! video games from recent years. You won’t find any retro games here, but they do exist for this franchise.
- Yu-Gi-Oh! Legacy of the Duelist: Link Evolution (Nintendo Switch)
- Yu-Gi-Oh! GX Spirit Caller (Nintendo DS)
- Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D’s World Championship 2011: Over the Nexus (Nintendo DS)
- Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D’s World Championship 2009: Stardust Accelerator (Nintendo DS)
- Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL World Duel Carnival (Nintendo 3DS)
- Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Links (iOS, Android, Windows PC)
- Yu-Gi-Oh! Millennium Duels (Xbox 360, PS3)
- Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Generation (iOS, Android)
- Yu-Gi-Oh! Arc-V Tag Force Special (PSP)
- Yu-Gi-Oh! Legacy of the Duelist (Xbox One, PS4, PC)
Yu-Gi-Oh! Legacy of the Duelist: Link Evolution (Nintendo Switch)
Link Evolution isn’t extremely well-known because it was only released on August 20th, 2019 but it certainly deserves a place on this list.
Over 9000 cards are available in this game, and players will be able to relive stories from the first Yu-Gi-Oh! series all the way through to ARC-V. Nostalgia at its finest, mixed with one of the newest gaming platforms available.
Yu-Gi-Oh! GX Spirit Caller (Nintendo DS)
The old Nintendo DS isn’t quite a retro console yet, so we feel comfortable putting this one on the list. Of course, you can’t buy the game new anymore, but you can still find it.
Spirit Caller was the first of the Yu-Gi-Oh! games to try and utilize 3D game programming for its monsters. Not only that, but an element of exploration was added to this particular game because you could walk around Duel Academy and speak to duel spirits while you traversed across the campus.
There’s something really special about that step forward that a franchise takes with its games, and if you look at Nightmare Troubadour and Spirit Caller (which were released in succession), you can clearly see the changes happening.
Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D’s World Championship 2011: Over the Nexus (Nintendo DS)
Released in (obviously) 2011, Over the Nexus included over 4,000 cards from various sets, such as: Duelist Pack: Yusei 3, Yu-Gi-Oh! 3D Bonds Beyond Time Movie Pack, and the Structure Deck “Lost Sanctuary.”
The game included an original storyline that was created from the already-existing and highly successful Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D’s series. You could compete in Duel Runner battles, Battle anyone, anytime with the Nintendo DS’ Wi-Fi connection, and there were even a few new characters.
Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D’s World Championship 2009: Stardust Accelerator (Nintendo DS)
Released two years before Over the Nexus, Stardust Accelerator contained a story mode that allowed its players to browse a map and duel other nearby players. You could also interact with other characters and collect items and cards. There were over a thousand fewer cards in this Championship game, but it was still a big hit.
Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL World Duel Carnival (Nintendo 3DS)
Release in the U.S. in 2014, ZEXAL World Duel Carnival is a game for the handheld console Nintendo 3DS. This is the only Yu-Gi-Oh! game out for the 3DS that’s in English, and almost all characters from the show are playable in this story (and they have their own role and storylines, too!).
The English version is a tad different to the original Japanese version; a lot of the content was removed, such as duelist profiles, photos, and some playable characters. There is a story mode and a “free duel” mode, which allows you to step away from the plot of the game for a little while and test out your dueling skills.
Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Links (iOS, Android, Windows PC)
Duel Links is an interesting addition to this list because it’s a free game. Completely developed and published by the owners of Yu-Gi-Oh!, Konami, Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Links is a free-to-play game.
This collectible card game enables you to find and make your own deck to use in its “Speed Duels,” or you can go ahead with a small bit of plot and play as Yugi or Kaiba to win duels and unlock other characters. Choose your own NPCs to duel against, or fight Legendary Duelists in the world of Yu-Gi-Oh!; the choice is entirely yours.
Yu-Gi-Oh! Millennium Duels (Xbox 360, PS3)
Featuring twenty characters from each of the following series: Yu-Gi-Oh!, Yu-Gi-Oh! GX, Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D’s and Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL, Yu-Gi-Oh! Millennium Duels is a game that is a force to be reckoned with. Introduced worldwide in 2014, this game was made available for the Xbox 360 and the PlayStation 3.
Over 6000 Yu-Gi-Oh! cards made their way into Yu-Gi-Oh! Millennium Duels and the game even had built-in compatibility with the DLC from Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D’s Decade Duels Plus. The game’s normal mode was divided up into each of the four series used for the game’s characters. You needed to defeat each character to move on and get more cards for your collection.
Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Generation (iOS, Android)
Our first mobile game mention for this article! Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Generation has been around since 2014 and is still available to be downloaded five years later. Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Generation allows you to duel other users from around the world, as well as characters from the Yu-Gi-Oh! series.
You can collect cards, play offline and online, and enter in weekly challenges. It’s a free-to-play game that’s perfect for beginners and dueling experts.
Yu-Gi-Oh! Arc-V Tag Force Special (PSP)
Released back in 2015, Yu-Gi-Oh! Arc-V Tag Force Special was a game made for the PlayStation Portable. You can still find it on the PlayStation Store! This particular video game was the seventh installment of the Tag Force video game series.
Largely, you could continue with many things from Tag Force 6; such as being able to use your character’s name, moving your deck recipes across to the new game, keeping your DP bonus, and transferring the cards you had already collected.
A fun feature added into this game was the ability to obtain some cards using passwords gathered from Jump magazines and the official strategy guide for the game.
Yu-Gi-Oh! Legacy of the Duelist (Xbox One, PS4, PC)
Released for the Xbox One and PS4 in 2015, and for PC in 2016, Yu-Gi-Oh! Legacy of the Duelist is a highly rated game that is versatile and well-loved by fans. It was a nostalgic game, of a sort, that allowed you to use its Story Campaign to play events from the Yu-Gi-Oh! animated series.
Not only could you be one of the good guys and battle a villain, once you won, you could turn the tables. Becoming the villain and dueling the protagonist. Pendulum Monsters were included in this game, too. And, for the first time, you could compete in Battle Pack Sealed and Draft play against the A.I. or with players online.